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The Serratia marcescens bioH gene encodes an esterase.

Akatsuka H., Kawai E., Imai Y., Sakurai N., Omori K.

The 3.9 kb chromosomal DNA was cloned from Serratia marcescens Sr41, which confers on Escherichia coli cells a phenotype of clear halo formation on tributyrin agar plates. Three complete open reading frames (ORFs) were identified in the inserted DNA, and one ORF was demonstrated to encode a 28 kDa protein of 255 amino acids related to esterase activity. Interestingly, the ORF was 70% identical to a product of the E. coli bioH gene, which lies at a locus separated from the bioABFCD operon and acts in the early steps of the biotin synthetic pathway before pimeloyl-CoA synthesis. This gene complemented a bioH-deficient mutation of E. coli. From the sequence analysis, BioH is presumed to be a serine hydrolase, which belongs to the alpha/beta hydrolase-fold family comprising a wide variety of hydrolases including esterases. A catalytic triad composed of a nucleophilic residue (Ser80), an acidic residue (Asp206), and histidine (His234) was conserved in BioH, and the nucleophilic residue Ser, a catalytic center, was situated in the consensus sequence of G-X-S-X-G-G, a nucleophile elbow. Although the enzymatic function of BioH is not yet elucidated, the bioH gene products from S. marcescens and E. coli show esterase activity, which may imply the hydrolysis of a precursor leading to pimeloyl-CoA ester. The esterase activity of BioH and its CoA binding activity recently reported agree with a current hypothesis of pimeloyl-CoA ester synthesis from CoA and acylester derivatives including an acyl-carrier protein.

Gene 302:185-192(2003) [PubMed] [Europe PMC]

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